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Public colleges under pressure
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, July 5, 2012)
Despite the rising costs of college, there's no shortage of students willing to enroll. Parents able to pay is another story.
Gone are the days that college was simply one more line on a family's household budget. Student loans may postpone the pain, but they have failed to keep up with rising costs. Tuition, even for one child, is likely to be a family's biggest expense, above the mortgage and car payments.
That means today's public institutions are increasingly less than public in practice. …
Every other college in Virginia missed the mark. The average in-state cost increase, according to SCHEV, was 4.1 percent for four-year schools. Old Dominion University was better than most, holding its increase to 3.9 percent, its smallest in a decade. (More)

Artist working on Big Blue sculpture for ODU
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 3, 2012)
Richard Stravitz intends to work at his 30th Street Gallery, creating bronze sculptures and holding workshops.
He is working on a commissioned piece for Old Dominion University, creating a 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the Monarchs' lion mascot, Big Blue (pictured at right). He's also working on a Sidney Kellam bust for a new office building on 32nd Street named after the Princess Anne County political leader.
One of his larger pieces, "Anticipation," can be seen at 1st Street next to Grommet Island Park. The two boys portrayed were inspired by a photograph of Josh Thompson, son of developer
Bruce Thompson, and his younger brother, Chris, checking out the surf. A small model of the larger sculpture is on display at the new gallery. It's priced at $3,400 with $500 to be donated to ALS research. (More)

Exhibit gives voice to desegregation
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 29, 2012)
Forget photographs and newspaper clippings. The Old Dominion University exhibit, "School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve, Empower," is capitalizing on a new technique to tell Virginia's educational past.
A collaboration of several organizations, the exhibit uses oral histories to describe the harsh realities of the desegregation of pub - lic schools, as told by people who faced discrimination in the 1960s.
The program is symbolized by a photo of a young African American girl followed by the slogan, "Tell YOUR story to help us tell HER story." Sonia Yaco, an ODU archivist who is leading the project, said she and other interviewers asked people what their stories were, and the subjects took off from there. (More)

ODU group heads to Cuba for mission trip
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 1, 2012)
A mission trip to a communist country? "Not possible," the Rev. Linda Rainey thought.
When Mike McCaughan of Rainey's Old Dominion University Presbyterian Ministry suggested their group travel to Cuba this summer, she blew him off.
"Get a group of students to commit to going and figure out how to raise the money, and I'll get us to Cuba," she told him in September. To her surprise, McCaughan, a graduate student, held up his end of the bargain.
On July 6, Rainey and eight others, a mix of current ODU students and alumni, will travel on a religious license to Cuba's capital city, where they will spend a week with the congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Havana. (More)

9 Song Lyrics You Probably Have Wrong
(The Huffington Post, July 2, 2012)
If you're of the "if you don't know the words, sing it anyway!" camp, you've probably belted out a few nonsensical lyrics, met with laughs and jabs from fellow partygoers and road-trippers.
Our recent regretful errors include a firm belief that Tom Petty wrote "Free Falling" while vacationing in the Texas Hill Country - never mind his mention of "Mulholland" and "Ventura Boulevard," he clearly croons about "a long day living in the cedar."
Here are 9 other lyrics that are prone to be mixed up, excerpted from "Tyrannosaurus Lex" [Penguin, $14.00]. What songs do you always sing incorrectly?:
"Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, and Other Delightful and OutrageousWordplay" is written by ODU professor Rod Evans. (More)

(Avionics Intelligence, June 29, 2012)
As the country's aviation industry wrestles with the quest to make air travel more efficient, an immense roadblock is the sheer cost of testing any type of efficiency innovation.
The cost of acquiring a plane and flying it through already full airspace to pilot-test concepts of getting from point A to point B more efficiently is a huge undertaking. Modeling and simulation is a key technology in safely and effectively evaluating such concepts.
Researchers at Old Dominion University's Virginia, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) have conducted several research projects with NASA Langley to develop M&S architectures and enhance NASA simulation tools used in evaluating new concepts in air-traffic management. One such tool is NASA's Airspace and Traffic Operations Simulation (ATOS). This summer, under a recently awarded $66,000 project, VMASC researchers are working closely with NASA researchers to further enhance these simulation capabilities.
One focus of the project is to investigate alternative approaches for in-flight testing of distributed air traffic management concepts. "A critical component in almost all distributed air-traffic control concepts is the use of ADS-B, (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), a term that refers to advanced aircraft surveillance technology, but also the in-cockpit avionics instrument that implements the technology," said Yiannis Papelis, research professor at VMASC, and principal investigator for the ODU project. (More)

Central Radio awaits court decision on banner
(Inside Business, June 29, 2012)
Central Radio had its day in court last week. But the fight for free speech continues.
Central Radio owner Robert Wilson, who is protesting the condemnation of his property under eminent domain by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, appeared in court Thursday to find out whether he can display the protest banner.
"We didn't get a ruling," said Steve Simpson, senior attorney for the Institute for Justice, which is representing Central Radio. "We look forward to a ruling in a few weeks. The judge understood our view. All went well and the clients are happy." …
In the central Hampton Boulevard district, Central Radio is one of four properties condemned by the housing authority that are within feet of University Village, Old Dominion University's conglomeration of offices, parking garages, student dormitories and retailers. (More)

Local boards: U.Va. failed to weigh legal, political realities in firing Sullivan
(WDBJ-TV/The Daily Press, June 27, 2012)
The firestorm surrounding the presidency at the University of Virginia highlights the legal and political reality of leading a university, say current and former board members of local colleges.
The lack of consensus among U.Va.'s Board of Visitors after it announced Teresa Sullivan's ouster June 10 was a clear sign the situation would go awry, says Ross Mugler.
"There never should have been a split decision on something this monumental," said Mugler, who served on Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors from 2002-2010.
U.Va.'s board reinstated Sullivan this week after an outpouring of protests as well as a threat by Gov. Bob McDonnell to fire the entire board if it didn't reach consensus during Tuesday's meeting.
That governor's threat made it "a foregone conclusion" that Sullivan would get her job back, says John Conrad, outgoing rector of Christopher Newport University's Board of Visitors. (More)

The 'almost impossible' didn't stop these projects
(Virginia Business, June 28, 2012)
Creative developers, brokers and builders see promise where others see problems. In this year's collection of winning projects from across Virginia, what stood out was a willingness to take on a challenge, be it the renovation of a deteriorating historic landmark in downtown Roanoke, the purchase of a vacant headquarters of a former Fortune 500 company in Richmond or the construction of a massive 2.4 million-square-foot office campus in Springfield.
As the editorial staff of Virginia Business reviewed submissions for the top deals, and nominated a few of our own, we picked up on some trends: It's still hard to obtain financing on some projects, the realignment of military facilities is reshaping the commercial landscape in Springfield, and below-market prices are pulling investors from the sidelines.
Altogether, we selected six winning deals: Best Office Project, Best Historic Renovation, Best Public/Private Project, and Best Retail, Sales and Distressed Property Transactions. Assisting in the judging were Robert Taylor and David Downs with the Virginia Commonwealth University Real Estate Center and John Lombard with the E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at Old Dominion University. (More)

McDonnell signs tuition tax credit bills at ceremony
(The Washington Post, June 28, 2012)
Glenn Booker was homeless as a child, but a pastor took him in and gave him not just a home, but a good education at a private religious school. He heads off to Old Dominion University in the fall.
The 18-year-old Richmond resident got the honor of introducing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) Wednesday at a ceremonial bill-signing for legislation intended to make it easier for more underprivileged children to attend private and parochial schools.
At Richmond's Elijah House Academy, where Booker finished second in his class, McDonnell signed two bills creating tax credits for individuals and businesses that donate private- and parochial-school tuition money to disabled, poor and middle-class students. (More)

Norfolk updating its residential parking ordinance
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 26, 2012)
Akilah Matthews, a junior at Old Dominion University, usually pays to park on campus. To her, the expense is worth the guaranteed parking and not having to walk alone, at times in the dark, to find her car off campus.
But she couldn't bring herself to pony up the money to park on campus for a single calculus class this summer.
"Why pay the $75 when you can just park on a side street?" she said. …
Some residents would also like ODU to lift its ban on freshmen keeping vehicles on campus, but the university contends that's not the answer, said Bob Fenning, ODU's vice president of administration and finance. He said the policy is intended to keep the freshmen active on campus and focused.
Instead, the university has tried to encourage on-campus parking in other ways, such as reducing the parking rate for the lots and garage on the perimeter of the campus. The university has also provided a shuttle service for students and a Zipcar program. One parking deck, on 43rd Street, is being converted to mostly metered spaces to attract those who are on campus only a couple of hours at a time and who are less inclined to buy a $75 semester permit. (More)

700 Club Interactive: God Save the Queen
(Documentary, CBN, June 4, 2012)
Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen on 700 Club Interactive take a look into the life and reign of the Queen of England.
(Gary Edgerton, chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in Old Dominion University's College of Arts and Letters, is featured prominently in this piece) (More)

Sea rise faster on East Coast than rest of globe
(Video, WVEC-TV, June 25, 2012)
A new government study says sea levels are rising much faster along a stretch of the East Coast than they are around the globe.
The area covers the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston.
U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Their study says that since 1990, sea levels in that region have been rising at an annual rate that's three to four times faster than the global average.
Since then, Norfolk's sea level has jumped about 5 inches, Philadelphia's 4 inches and New York City's 3 inches. The global average is 2 inches. …
(Saikou Diallo and Jose Padilla, researchers from ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, are featured in this story). (More)

Board to decide on UVa president's status
(The Roanoke Times, June 22, 2012)
Today the eyes of higher education will be on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors as it takes up the question of who will be president of Thomas Jefferson's famed school when students return in the fall.
Will the board reinstate self-described incrementalist Teresa Sullivan, the popular president asked by a minority of board members to step aside and allow the search for a bolder reformer?
Or will the full board affirm Sullivan's forced resignation? …
Board Rector Helen Dragas publicly criticized Sullivan for failing to take aggressive steps to develop centralized, online learning initiatives. …
Other state institutions such as Old Dominion University and Radford University are also implementing eLearning programs. In 2010, Radford developed an online doctoral degree in nursing practice. (More)

Before signing for student loan, consider this
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 24, 2012)
Another financial aid cycle has begun.
Incoming college students have firmed up their arrangements, often with thousands of dollars a year in loans. And most new graduates have started the six-month countdown before they must begin repayment.
Even if you're long out of college, you've probably heard a lot about loans recently - how they now account for more debt than cars or credit cards, how a Washington standoff could soon trigger a doubling of interest rates.
To sort it all out, The Virginian-Pilot is offering its own "student loan package." …
Colleges say they're trying. At Old Dominion, where 75 percent of students receive loans and where the average debt after graduation is $20,422, the financial aid office provides quarterly meetings for borrowers and workshops on topics such as debt consolidation and management, spokesman Brendan O'Hallarn said in an email. (More)

Poll: Virginians conservative but prefer Obama
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, June 23, 2012)
More Virginia voters prefer President Barack Obama than Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but many consider themselves more conservative on economic issues than the president, according to a statewide poll by Old Dominion University and The Virginian-Pilot.
When asked whom they would vote for on Nov. 6, 49 percent of those surveyed said Obama, 42 percent chose Romney, 5 percent said they wouldn't vote for either and 3 percent were undecided or wouldn't say.
Obama's 7-percentage-point advantage is significant, said Jesse Richman, an assistant professor of political science at ODU who analyzed the poll results.
But Romney may be able to cut into that lead, Richman said, because voters said they consider their views on economic policy closer to the Republican candidate's.(More)

ODU to open transportation research center
(Inside Business, June 22, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions will open in Virginia Beach July 1.
The center will lease 1,958 square feet for $24.50 per square foot from the Virginia Beach Development Authority on the first floor of One Columbus Center in the Town Center for three years.
The lease is valued at $47,951 a year, according to information presented to the authority.
In lieu of rent, the center will conduct research of equivalent value for Virginia Beach.
The authority, a political subdivision of the city, approved the lease last Tuesday at its monthly meeting. ...
"We are doing all the logistics to set up," said John Sokolowski, executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk. (More)

The CAA commits a foul on students
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
If Old Dominion University had any doubt about the wisdom of moving to Conference USA, it should've been settled this week. That's when the Colonial Athletic Association's college presidents voted to bar the Monarchs from conference tournaments in the school's last season in the CAA.
The decision was expected, but it's still a mistake. It deprives student-athletes and fans another year of the post-season play that has come to characterize the league. It makes CAA seem vindictive, something other colleges will surely note.
The decision affects both ODU and Georgia State, which will leave next year for the Sun Belt. Virginia Commonwealth University is leaving immediately for the Atlantic 10, in part to avoid such treatment.
The ramifications for ODU's teams - including football, basketball, soccer, baseball - are that they won't be eligible for conference championships or automatic NCAA tournament bids during the 2012-13 academic year. For everyone else, the move hastens a decline in competitiveness, not to mention a lower profile for the conference itself. (More)

Retired ODU professor helps develop tick app
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
A retired Old Dominion University professor has helped develop an app for people concerned about ticks.
Daniel Sonenshine, a professor emeritus at Old Dominion, is part of a team of researchers who have created TickID for iPhone apps, according to a university news release. The app helps users identify what species of tick they've found, gives advice about tick removal and describes symptoms.
The app provides both photos and descriptions. It is free, and can be downloaded at the app store by searching "TickID," the release said.
Sonenshine joined the Old Dominion faculty in 1961, the release said. He retired in 2002, but has remained active in research. (More)

Student patrol aides at ODU told their jobs are cut
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
About 30 Old Dominion University students have assisted campus police as patrol aides - looking for suspicious activity, escorting students at night and answering phone calls for the Safe Rides program.
On Friday, a campus police sergeant emailed them to say the program and their $8.15-an-hour jobs were coming to an end because of budget cuts. But the university says the sergeant jumped the gun, and Police Chief Rhonda Harris only wants to "revamp" the program. ...
University spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen said this week that the police sergeant's email was "premature" and "jumped to conclusions." The Safe Ride program will be transferred from the campus police to the parking services division to accommodate demand and speed up efficiency, she said. Students probably won't be needed to handle calls or drive carts. ...
The chief is "revamping it and might rename it, but we have not cut it," Mullen said. "To be sure, there were budget discussions about the funding for the program, but not in a manner of it being cut." (More)

Built on sinking ground, Norfolk tries to hold back tide amid sea-level rise
(The Washington Post, June 17, 2012)
At her cozy house by the river, Julie Faella spoke as though a monster lurks nearby. It rises under a tidal moon, she said, or when the winds howl, or when rains crash down.
She's seen it with her own eyes. It crept under the front door of one house she owned when Hurricane Isabel whipped the Lafayette River into a frenzy in 2003, and invaded a second house three years later when a nor'easter churned the waters for days.
"Your home isn't destroyed once. It's destroyed twice," said Faella, who tore down one house and rebuilt the other. "How are you going to get through it?"
In Norfolk, Virginia's second-largest city, with 250,000 residents, Faella's concerns aren't the isolated fears of one woman living on the river's edge. The entire city is worried. Miles of waterways that add to Norfolk's charm are also a major threat in the era of increased global warming and relative rising sea levels, as well as its odd and unique sinking ground. …
Area scientists and activists who watched the show described the interview as a bold truth. "You're going to be subject to more flooding over the years," said Larry Atkinson, a professor of oceanography at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, which sits in a flood zone on a map drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"In the long run, yes, all areas cannot be protected from flooding," Atkinson said. "There might be federal buyouts of people, where people's homes are bought and people are moved. It's not a happy situation." (More)

ODU: board extends president's contract
(WAVY-TV/Fox 43, June 15, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors has approved a two-year extension of President John R. Broderick's contract.
The university says in a news release that the contract will now run to 2017.
Old Dominion says several initiatives since Broderick became president in 2008 have enhanced its profile. They include creating an enrolled management plan, state-of-the-art facilities, the Business Gateway and the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.
Board members approved the contract extension Thursday.
Rector David L. Bernd says Broderick has done an "exemplary job." (More)

William and Mary, Old Dominion key in women's athletics, Title IX timeline
(The Daily Press, June 17, 2012)
One was a tennis player from Illinois, a man with a well-honed sense of fairness combined with a fierce independent streak. The other was a self-described tomboy from Georgia, a woman whose grace and charm made her crusading spirit all the more effective. They settled in southeastern Virginia and, in their own ways, made history.
As the 40th anniversary of Title IX approaches, Millie West and Jim Jarrett are able to look back on careers that helped shape the lives of hundreds of athletes partly because of the landmark legislation that opened doors for women in athletics.
Jarrett spent 40 years as athletic director at Old Dominion, one of the first schools in the country to provide athletic scholarships for women. West came to William and Mary in 1959 and served 50 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, fundraiser and general instigator for women's athletics.
"It was easy for me to get in there and fight until the end, because I thought it was the right thing to do," West said recently. "The charge was part of my fabric. I had to do it." (More)

Navy takes steps to combat poor personal choices
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 18, 2012)
Consider any of the numerous recent cases in which Navy commanders have been removed from duty for some sort of personal misconduct, such as adultery, fraternization or fraud.
Could an improved, standardized screening process have weeded out prospective leaders prone to bad behavior? With a little more training, would any of them have made better choices that might not have cost them their careers?
The Navy apparently thinks the answer to both questions is yes, as evidenced by a pair of new initiatives aimed at lowering the number of sailors and officers being disciplined or fired for moral failures. …
Dale Miller, a professor at Old Dominion University who teaches philosophy and ethics courses, said the Navy's rationale makes sense, at least in theory. For people who are inclined to do the right thing but may be vulnerable to certain bad tendencies, Miller said, such a workshop might affect their behavior.
"I think it could make a difference," he said. (More)

ODU's nurse anesthesia program moving to Beach
(Inside Business/The Virginian-Pilot, June 18, 2012)
Old Dominion University's nurse anesthesia program is moving from the school's Norfolk campus, with plans to reopen in Virginia Beach.
The 13-student program is expanding to accommodate more students and enhanced training resources, like clinical simulation.
The program will move in August to ODU's Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, where 3,000 square feet of existing space is being renovated.
Renovations began May 7, and will include a 60-seat classroom dedicated to course instruction for program students, according to Brendan O'Hallarn, a spokesman at ODU.
"In the spirit of collaboration, the nurse anesthesia program will have exclusive use of this classroom until 4:30 p.m. each day," wrote O'Hallarn in an email. (More)

Homeowners might default to punish lender
(Inside Business, June 15, 2012)
Perception is everything.
If homeowners perceive that banks and investment houses were responsible for the financial collapse, they will punish them by defaulting on their mortgage.
In a recently published paper, Old Dominion University professor Michael Seiler found that individual homeowners are more likely to walk away from their mortgages if they perceive their lender more negatively.
"If your bank was your best friend, you would be less likely to default on your mortgage," Seiler said.
Seiler is founder and director of the Institute for Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate and professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate and Economic Development in ODU's College of Business and Public Administration.
His paper is entitled, "The Effect of Perceived Lender Characteristics and Market Conditions on Strategic Mortgage Defaults." (More)

ODU to raise tuition by 3.8%, or about $306 per year
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 15, 2012)
Under pressure from the governor to help rein in the sharply rising cost of higher education, Old Dominion University will raise tuition and fees 3.8 percent next year, the smallest increase in 10 years.
In-state undergraduates will pay $8,450 in tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year, up $306 from this year. Including room and board, the total cost for a residential student will be $16,997. ODU's governing Board of Visitors approved the increase at its quarterly meeting Thursday.
ODU's tuition increase is in line with those announced by other Virginia state universities after Gov. Bob McDonnell urged them in April not to exceed the rate of inflation, which was 2.7 percent for the previous 12 months.
Tuition at Virginia schools has been outpacing inflation for years, roughly doubling over the past decade, as state support for higher education declines. The 2012 General Assembly provided $230 million in new funds for universities.
The cost of education at ODU is among the lowest of Virginia four-year schools. (More)

Old Dominion University extends president's contract
(The Associated Press/Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 15, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors has approved a two-year extension of President John R. Broderick's contract.
The university says in a news release that the contract will now run to 2017.
Old Dominion says several initiatives since Broderick became president in 2008 have enhanced its profile. They include creating an enrolled management plan, state-of-the-art facilities, the Business Gateway and the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.
Board members approved the contract extension Thursday.
Rector David L. Bernd says Broderick has done an "exemplary job." (More)

Norfolk picks police chief from within its ranks
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 13, 2012)
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Police Department will be led by a permanent chief promoted from within. City Manager Marcus Jones named Capt. Mike Goldsmith to the position over the interim chief, who also is a department veteran.
Norfolk has not had a permanent police chief who came up through the ranks since Henry P. Henson retired in 1993.
Goldsmith's family joined him for an announcement at City Hall on Tuesday in which Jones also praised Sharon Chamberlin, the acting chief, for helping the department through a transition.
Goldsmith, 49, has been a Norfolk cop since February 1989 and has lived in the city since 1977. His appointment followed a search that yielded more than 90 applicants, most from outside the department. He will earn $131,000 annually.
(Goldsmith received his BA in sociology and his master's in applied sociology from Old Dominion University. His resume is attached to story) (More)

Allen, Forbes easily win their respective primaries
(WVEC-TV, June 12, 2012)
The Associated Press has declared Former Senator George Allen the winner of Tuesday's Republican primary election
He was favored over three lesser-known Republicans as he tries to win back the Senate seat he lost six years ago.
13News visited a couple of precincts in Norfolk and no voters were there. State-wide, voter registrars predict just a 5% turnout. Justin Riemer of the Virginia Board of Elections said some races like the council races in Alexandria are boosting voting numbers in some localities.
(Kimberly Karnes, assistant professor of political science at Old Dominion University, was featured in the story). (More)

Police say Cummings case is not cold
(WAVY-TV, June 11, 2012)
Norfolk and ODU Police are still working to find the person who shot and killed Christopher Cummings last year one year ago Sunday.
Don't call it a cold case, that's what Norfolk Police say about the investigation Christopher Cummings's death. Someone shot Cummings in his home off of Old Dominion's Campus one year ago.
It was June 10, 2011 on W 42nd Street when the early morning hours were disrupted by gunfire and death. 20-year-old Chris Cummings lost his life inside a home.
"I imagined myself, what if I had come out of the house and this was going on?" asked neighbor William Kelley.
Kelley will never forget the day his neighbor died. One year later he sits at his home across the street reflecting on what he considers a big change in his neighborhood.
"It's more police presence."
With that presence comes a quieter street.
"Usually it would be Friday and Saturday morning there'd be beer cans, there'd be beer bottles everywhere but that has been curtailed," says Kelley. (More)

Virginia Republicans Oppose Sea-Level Rise Language
(Column, Talking Points Memo, June 11, 2012)
Virginia's Hampton Roads region is at high risk for flooding, and lawmakers and officials in the state are trying to plan for the sea-level rise expected as a result of climate change. But they're running into a problem: some Republicans refuse to accept the terms "sea level rise" or "climate change."
The BBC reports how state Senator Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and state Delegate Chris Stolle, a Republican, worked together this year to get a bill passed that provides $50,000 for a "comprehensive study of the economic impact of coastal flooding on Virginia and to investigate ways to adapt." The bill's original draft contained the term "relative sea level rise," but the version that eventually passed used the term "recurrent flooding" instead, at Stolle's suggestion. ...
Scientists and other officials are trying to play it cool when it comes to the wordplay.
"These studies need to be done if we're going to logically tackle these problems that scientific data unequivocally proves are happening," Larry Atkinson, an oceanographer at Old Dominion University, said. "So, whatever we have to call it, I've got no problem with that… What's the alternative? Do nothing?" (More)

At EVMS, medical and virtual training overlap
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 10, 2012)
Bob Shepherd and the guy in the hospital bed across the hall have a few things in common.
Both suffer from a mysterious ailment that a bevy of physician assistant students are trying to diagnose - probing here, asking questions there, listening intently through their stethoscopes. …
In Hampton Roads, EVMS has been working closely with Old Dominion University to create medical modeling and simulation expertise. The two schools received state and federal funding for these efforts, most recently a $600,000 grant from the state's Office of Economic Adjustment. …
Rick McKenzie, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at ODU, said the school is also working closely with EVMS to develop something called the "Virtual Pathology Stethoscope."
The stethoscope will substitute abnormal sounds for healthy sounds to mimic different medical conditions as a student moves the device across the body. The sounds of the stethoscope, which are recorded from actual patients with various diseases, will be used on standardized patients. (More)

ODU professor writes 'Lady Gaga' of word books
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 11, 2012)
'Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay" is Rod Evans' latest joy ride through language.
This is the Old Dominion University lecturer's 10th word-related book, and it contains about 260 pages of malapropisms, paraprosdokians and mondegreens (read on to find out what those are).
Evans calls it the "Lady Gaga" of word books because it's irreverent, funny and more than a bit risque.
"I wanted to have a lot of humor, a lot of popular culture," Evans said. "I wanted this book to represent my personality."
To get an idea of what that personality is, we offer some examples from the book:
These are sentences that contain "ambushes" - what Evans calls surprising or ironic endings. Comedians capitalize on paraprosdokians. So do witty heads of state.
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx (More)

Manufacturing's still got clout
(Inside Business, June 8, 2012)
The idea that manufacturing is not a viable economic driver is a myth that has worked against the industry's potential in the U.S., according to economic geographer Susan Christopherson.
In reality, manufacturing has been a bright spot in the economy since the recession, the Cornell University professor said.
"Since 2008, that's where the job growth has been," Christopherson said to a group of more than 100 people gathered at an annual meeting and luncheon for Old Dominion University's E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development.
Christopherson was the keynote speaker at the CREED event June 5 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. ...
Her talk on "Why Manufacturers Are Taking a Second Look at the United States: What's in Store for Hampton Roads?" emphasized why the region was a strong contender to grow the national manufacturing industry, through investments in innovation and infrastructure. (More)

High-end rental market prospers in Hampton Roads
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 10, 2012)
At $3,500 a month, Bob Brunner's six-bedroom brick home in Virginia Beach is not exactly a starter rental.
The 4,414-square-foot, two-story house in the Little Creek neighborhood offers renters an expansive lawn, a two-car garage, and amenities such as granite countertops and a large deck.
Brunner listed the home for rent last month, and despite its hefty price, he found a tenant in less than a week.
While the sales market for high-end homes in Hampton Roads is struggling to regain its footing, the rental market for those same homes is booming, real estate experts said, and in recent months, pricey homes have been renting quickly.
The demand for expensive rentals is being driven by several factors, said Vinod Agarwal, an economist at Old Dominion University.
"There are a number of people who have chosen to rent rather than buy because they don't know if prices are going to continue to go down," he said. (More)

ODU's anesthesia program to move to Va. Beach
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 8, 2012)
Old Dominion University's College of Health Sciences will move its nurse anesthesia program from the Norfolk campus to the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center to accommodate anticipated growth in the program, ODU announced Thursday.
Renovation of about 3,000 square feet of the satellite campus near Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads will begin soon and is expected to be complete in time for the beginning of the fall semester, ODU said.
There are 13 students in the program now. ODU hopes to increase enrollment to at least 20 students a year.
The program now culminates in a master's degree. Curriculum improvements over the next two years should make it possible to offer a doctoral degree, ODU said. (More)

Robocaller revealed in pitch targeting senior citizens
(WVEC-TV, June 7, 2012)
The company behind the curtain of robocalls targeting many senior citizens is revealed. It's New York-based Lifewatch USA.
When April Smith of Virginia Beach received a call, she immediately got suspicious. The caller pitched a medical alert response system that can connect a senior citizen to help during a home emergency. …
Old Dominion University Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Yuping Liu-Thompkins says many telemarketers try to hide where their calls are coming from.
"That's the way a lot of advertising works -- is that by associating their product or brand name with a particular entity that is relatively well known, it helps the consumer to remember their product. And also, it adds credibility to the product, too, whether that's really a true claim or not. The problem is that most of the time, consumers on an average day are exposed to a couple hundred advertising messages on a daily basis, not all of them we're aware of, and who's going to actually do a fact check with every claim we receive?" says Liu-Thompkins. (More)

Time is right for ODU's move up to C-USA
(The Charleston (W.Va) Gazette, June 1, 2012)
If Old Dominion University entered Conference USA in football immediately instead of 2015, its average 2011 attendance of 19,818 per game would put it ahead of Tulane, Rice and Alabama-Birmingham.
In fact, that figure is close to those of Memphis and Southern Methodist, two schools tabbed to prop up the Big East.
But that's not the half of it. The Monarchs have sold out all 21 of their home games since reviving football, and could have an average attendance of well over 20,000. Or 25,000 or 30,000. ...
"We've got a waiting list that now has 3,500 names on it, and the average request is about three tickets per person," said ODU coach Bobby Wilder. "So we could put another 10,000 people in that stadium if we had enough seats." (More)

Norfolk viewing party watches Venus cross the Sun
(WVEC-TV, June 5, 2012)
ODU held a viewing party Tuesday night as the planet Venus made its trek across the face of the Sun.
The transit began at 6:09 p.m. EDT and had a six hour and 40 minute trek across the sun. It was visible in Hampton Roads for about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
It's a last-time-in-a-lifetime spectacle, one that only happens when Venus, the second planet in the solar system, comes directly between Earth and the sun.
The next transit will not be until December 10th, 2117.
About 50 people participated in the ODU watch party outside the Mary Denson Pretlow Planetarium and along Whitehurst Beach. (More)

Former astronaut to speak in Norfolk about coast
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 6, 2012)
Kathryn D. Sullivan, a former astronaut and the first American woman to walk in space, will speak Thursday night as part of her new job: chief scientist and deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Her speech at Nauticus, the downtown maritime museum, will be about environmental challenges facing coastal communities and what can be done about problems such as climate change, rising sea levels and increased flooding.
Her free talk begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the Blue Planet Forum, a continuing lecture series sponsored by NOAA, Old Dominion University and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about the latest ecological issues facing Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Sullivan is slated to hear presentations Thursday morning from area scientists before having lunch with invited guests and the Board of Visitors at ODU.
She also will take a "window tour" of neighborhoods in Norfolk that already have been affected by rising sea levels. Over the past 100 years, those levels have crept up a foot and are expected to at least continue the trend over the next century. (More)

This article was posted on: July 4, 2012

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